Capitol Chaos: Waukesha Schools, Teachers' Deal Amidst Walker Budget

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WAUKESHA - Governor Walker's 2011-13 budget plan was the talk of the Waukesha School Board at their latest meeting.

The proposal hung heavy in the air as the board considered a new teacher's contract.

"Teachers know they're going to take a hit," said one person at the meeting.

Contract talks started more than two years ago before stalling.

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With the budget reform bill and the 2011-13 budget plan looming, teachers agreed to a vastly different pay scale which the district called a good deal.

Wary of cuts, taxpayers urged the board to wait before voting.

But while the new contract would only last until the end of the 2010-11 school year, the board president said it would save the district money for years to come, by inducing early retirements and slowing down the path to a maximum salary.

Still, questions about retirement benefits had some worried that the contract was still too rich for the lean budget to come.